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Will herpes simplex virus affect my pregnancy?

Will herpes simplex virus affect my pregnancy?

Probably not: If you have oral herpes, there should be no effect at all. If genital, make sure your obstetrician knows about it; she will know how to take necessary precautions to be sure your baby isn't infected during delivery. But for women with longstandings genital herpes, the risk to the baby is very low anyway. The main risk comes when a woman catches genital HSV in the last 3 months of pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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Can an HIV positive baby infect its caretaker?

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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Can an HIV positive baby infect its caretaker?

Yes: Precautionary measures have to be taken when handling infected baby's body fluids, i.e., blood or saliva. ...Read more

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Is herpes simplex infection deadly to baby?

Is herpes simplex infection deadly to baby?

Neonatal Herpes: About 10% of infants born to mothers with active HSV will develop nnh with blood invasion by the virus, enlargement of internal organs, encephalitis & death or permanent disability. Recognition of the problem & planned delivery before the rupture of fetal membranes has a protective effect & bypasses the primary exposure. Even women without active lesions have had infants develop nnh. ...Read more

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Can genital herpes infect a baby?

Can genital herpes infect a baby?

Yes: This is more likely to happen if mom has a first breakout around the time of delivery & delivers vaginally. Infection rates of around 30% have been cited. Risk drops for recurrent outbreaks & when mom takes suppression meds. Often a c-section delivery is scheduled or done as soon as the water breaks to prevent exposure. ...Read more

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Can west nile virus infect by unborn child?

Can west nile virus infect by unborn child?

West Nile virus: There have been reports of possible transmission of the virus from mother to child during pregnancy or breast feeding, but these have been rare and not confirmed conclusively. ...Read more

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Can chickenpox herpes be passed during sex?

Can chickenpox herpes be passed during sex?

Please clarify: Chickenpox is not a sexually transmitted disease. Genital herpes, called a herpes type two, is a sexually transmitted disease. ...Read more

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Can an unborn baby contact RSV virus, if the mother catches an RSV infection?

Can an unborn baby contact RSV virus, if the mother catches an RSV infection?

No: Rsv in adults mostly gives you "cold"symptoms. The highest risk is to young babies and preemies after they are born. ...Read more

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Is cervix or vagina human papiloma virus contagious to my baby during birth?

Is cervix or vagina human papiloma virus contagious to my baby during birth?

HPV Virus&pregnancy: Even thogh the baby may be exposed to the virus, but in most cases hpv virus does not affect the developing baby, and the transmiision is uncommon. ...Read more

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Can a HIV pos mother breastfeed her baby without transfering d virus unto the baby?

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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Can a HIV pos mother breastfeed her baby without transfering d virus unto the baby?

No: Unfortunately, breastfeeding remains very risky when the mother is HIV infected, and can lead to transmission; due to this, it is not recommended, especially in developed countries where access to clean water is plentiful in order to make formula. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pass the genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Is it possible to pass the genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Not: Only germs that enter your blood have the potential to enter your breast milk.This one will not. This germ passes through direct skin to skin contact. ...Read more

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Can menstrual blood by itself transmit HSV (herpes simplex virus)?

Can menstrual blood by itself transmit HSV (herpes simplex virus)?

Indirect: Hsv lives in nerve cells and skin/mucosa (body surfaces). The virus doesn't really live in the bloodstream and would not survive long outside the body in drops of menstrual blood. However, menstrual blood can still contain other dangerous live viruses, including HIV and hepatitis, so it is always best to avoid direct contact with anyone else's blood (menstrual or otherwise). ...Read more

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How deadly is rubella IgM virus for a 26 weeks pregnancy?

How deadly is rubella IgM virus for a 26 weeks pregnancy?

Confusing question: There is no Rubella IGM Virus that I know of.There is a common screening test for IGM antibody created after a rubella infection. If you have high IGM levels indicating a recent rubella infection, it is worrisome.Rubella during pregnancy can lead to injury to the eyes, ears and other organs.Babies can be born deaf, blind and with other defects. ...Read more

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My wife is HBV infected. Can a hepatitis b virus infected woman give birth to healthy child?

My wife is HBV infected. Can a hepatitis b virus infected woman give birth to healthy child?

Yes: Those who acquired the germ before pregnancy can still pass it on to their newborn.However, infant vaccination at birth with simultaneous administration of Hepatitis B Immune Globulin can often prevent transfer of the germ during the birth process. Consult with your OB and the pediatrician involved so the material will be available at delivery. ...Read more

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Do people ever pass genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Do people ever pass genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Yes.: If you have vesicles on your breast. It's ok to breastfeed when they are gone. ...Read more

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What risk does the virus varicella-zoster virus(vzv) cause to fetuses?

What risk does the virus varicella-zoster virus(vzv) cause to fetuses?

Serious effects: Varicella-zoster virus can cause prematurity, encephalitis, pneumonia, intrauterine growth restriction, central nervous system abnormalities, limb abnormalities, blindness, and possibly death if birth occurs during active infection. This is one reason why the VZV vaccine is contraindicated during pregnancy since it is a live vaccine. ...Read more

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Can genital herpes pass on to baby by birth?

Can genital herpes pass on to baby by birth?

May not protect: Maternal genital herpes is a problem.Periodic flares can result in viral sheading and if this happens during delivery the virus can pass to the newborn.A neonatal encephalitis may occur within weeks with devistating consequences.Some will plan a c-section delivery prior to labor to avoid this possibility.A thorough discussion of the issue with the OB is worth having. ...Read more

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Transmission (Definition)

In medicine and biology, transmission is the passing of a communicable disease from an infected host individual or group to a conspecific individual or group, regardless of whether the other individual was previously infected. Sometimes transmission can specifically mean infection of ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more